Redmond, Wash. – At a live event on the evening of Wednesday, January 6, Lake Washington School District (LWSD) Superintendent, Dr. Jon Holmen, announced Pathway Forward, LWSD’s plan to return students to in-person learning for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.

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An International Community School student is the 2019-20 winner of the sixth annual Washington State Zine Contest. Katya Rukhlinskaia, who is now in eighth grade, won for grades 7-9 for her “Tribes: The Cowlitz” zine entry.




    Three preschool students work on a project.
    Three preschool students work on a project.

    Application and enrollment information and overview of the preschool programs offered in LWSD

    The LWSD Preschool Program focuses on providing children and families with a successful first-school experience. Families with a 3- and/or 4-year-old child living within the boundaries of Lake Washington School District are eligible to apply for the preschool program. (Child 3 years old by August 31 of the school year.)

    Preschool students attend class four days per week. Classes are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The morning class is from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the afternoon class is from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Program locations for 2020-2021 are below (Subject to change prior to school starting in September)

    • Kirkland: Bell Elementary, Juanita Elementary, Muir Elementary, Sandburg Elementary
    • Redmond: Old Redmond Schoolhouse, Wilder Elementary
    • Sammamish: Carson Elementary

    Preschool attendance location is determined by your home address.

    We have held our lottery for our tuition-based preschool program the 2020-21 school year. 

    2020-21 Preschool Registration

    Welcome to Preschool Registration!

    If you have already received an email confirming your child’s seat in the tuition-based program or Head Start Programplease begin online registration here.

    The cost of the program is $4,000 per year which can be spread out over 10 months for $400 per month. The daily rate of the program is $31.25. A deposit of $400 is required at time of registration (deposit goes towards your June payment).

    If you are a community student and interested in our tuition-based program:

    With Lake Washington School District's announcement of remote learning for the beginning of the 2020-21 school year, we are currently not able to accept additional community students. Please continue to check this webpage as the situation may change.

    Special Education Program:


    If you are interested in the Head Start (Federally Funded) Program:

    The LWSD Preschool Program focuses on providing children and families with a successful first-school experience. Families with a 3- and/or 4-year-old child living within the boundaries of Lake Washington School District are eligible to apply for the preschool program.

    LWSD offers the following preschool programs:

    Head Start

    Head Start is a federally funded comprehensive early childhood program offering services for the entire family and focuses on school readiness. Families whose income meets the federal poverty guidelines qualify for the Head Start component of the preschool program. The program is designed for children ages 3 and 4, with priority for enrollment given to 4-year-olds. Verification of income must be received before a family can be considered for placement in Head Start. A Family Support Specialist works with families to obtain all needed income documentation.

    Head Start Preschool hours*

    Morning classes: 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Afternoon classes: 12:30 – 4 p.m.

    Head Start locations: A.G. Bell (Kirkland) and Old Redmond Schoolhouse

    *Times may vary slightly at individual schools.

    Learn more about the Head Start Preschool Program

    Lake Washington School District Preschool Program

    The program offers a comprehensive early childhood learning experience in preparation for kindergarten. Classes include typically developing children from the community as well as students receiving special education.

    Preschool hours*

    Morning classes: 10 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.
    Afternoon classes: 1:30 – 4 p.m.

    *Times may vary at individual schools.

    Learn more about the Lake Washington School District Preschool Program


    Students Needing Additional Programming Support (SNAPS) is a special education program serving eligible preschool students ages 3-5 with a primary diagnosis of autism. The SNAPS program is designed to supplement the LWSD preschool program and better meet the needs of students with autism and their families. It is an intensive, early-intervention program that involves extensive evaluation, planning and progress-monitoring to help better prepare children for kindergarten entry.

    SNAPS hours:*

    SNAPS students attend both preschool and SNAPS.

    10 a.m.–1:30 p.m. or 12:30 - 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, in addition to preschool

    *Times may vary slightly at individual schools.

    Learn more about the SNAPS Program

    Program structure

    The preschool program school year begins in mid-September. Classes are located at elementary schools across the district. Students are assigned to the school nearest their home with available space. Average class size is 15-18 students. Preschoolers attend four days a week: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

    Preschool children and families have access to a variety of services, which may include:

    • Unique education experiences
    • Literacy program
    • Vision, hearing & developmental screenings
    • Parent education opportunities
    • Health and nutrition education for children and families

    Classroom activities are based on the Creative Curriculum to prepare children for kindergarten.



    Contact Us

    Preschool Registration Questions?
    Contact: Nichole Townsend
    Preschool Registrar

    Concerns about your child’s development or been referred for an evaluation?
    Contact: Linda Pankow, Child Find Coordinator

    For more information on the Head Start preschool program:
    Contact: Katie Walker
    425-936-1170 option 2.

    Kim Brenner
    Director of Early Learning

    Old Redmond Schoolhouse
    16600 NE 80th St.
    Redmond, WA 98052